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Nasadiya Suktam


nasadasin no sadasit tadanim nasid rajo no vyomaparo yat

kimavarivah kuha kasya sarmannambhah kimasid gahanam gabhiram || 1 ||


Then even nothingness was not, nor existence, \\

 There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it. \\

 What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping \\

 Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed? \\



na mrtyurasidamrtam na tarhi na ratrya ahna asitpraketah

anidavatam svadhaya tadekam tasmaddhanyan na parah kim canasa || 2 ||


Then there was neither death nor immortality  \\

  nor was there then the torch of night and day.  \\

  The One breathed windlessly and self-sustaining.   \\

  There was that One then, and there was no other.   \\


tama asit tamasa gulamagre.apraketam salilam sarvamaidam

tuchyenabhvapihitam yadasit tapasastanmahinajayataikam || 3 ||


  At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness.   \\

  All this was only unillumined water.   \\

  That One which came to be, enclosed in nothing,  \\

  arose at last, born of the power of heat.  \\


kamastadagre samavartatadhi manaso retah prathamam yadasit

sato bandhumasati niravindan hrdi pratisyakavayo manisa || 4 ||


  In the beginning desire descended on it -   \\

 that was the primal seed, born of the mind.  \\

  The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom  \\

  know that which is is kin to that which is not.   \\


tirascino vitato rasmiresamadhah

retodhaasan mahimana asan svadha avastat prayatih parastat || 5 ||


  And they have stretched their cord across the void,   \\

  and know what was above, and what  below.  \\

  Seminal powers made fertile mighty forces.   \\

  Below was strength, and over it was impulse.   \\


ko addha veda ka iha pra vocat kuta ajata kuta iyamvisrstih

arvag deva asya visarjanenatha ko veda yataababhuva || 6 ||


  But,  after all, who knows, and who can say  \\

  Whence it all came, and how creation happened?   \\

  the gods themselves are later than creation,  \\

  so who knows truly whence it has arisen?   \\


iyam visrstiryata ababhuva yadi va dadhe yadi va na

yo asyadhyaksah parame vyoman so anga veda yadi va naveda || 7 ||


  Whence all creation had its origin,  \\

  he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,  \\

  he, who surveys it all from highest heaven,  \\

  he knows - or maybe even he does not know.   \\